Okay, so everyone and their brother has a Mock Draft these days. Well count us in too. This is how Tank and JP can see the draft going at this point. Mind you it's early and the draft is months away. Just for gits and shiggles, here's our picks:
JP took the odds, Tank the evens.
1.Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Houston’s offense took a major step back last year. I believe they shouldn’t give up on Schaub for now and Keenum for the future. They had a stout pass defense but their run defense was horrid. Drafting Clowney should give a major boost toward stopping the run.
2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Rams will be tempted to go QB with the number 2 pick (a pick that they gained from Washington in the trade that landed RG3 with the Redskins). But, Sam Bradford is not done and I doubt there are any GREAT quarterbacks in this class worth taking this high. Matthews is a future All-Pro and could be another cornerstone of a line that can give Bradford time to develop rather than stay injured.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
This seems like a Jags thing to do. Many people have Bridgewater of Louisville rated higher, but the Jags are an organization that needs a “star” QB with some hype already built up. I believe they will go with Johnny Football to help ticket sales.
4. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Browns have to make an effort to get a quarterback of the future. Bridgewater may be the best quarterback in this draft. Cleveland should consider itself lucky that Bridgewater is still on the board.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
WR and QB are needs for the Raiders. They won’t be able to pass on Watkins with Manziel and Bridgewater off the board. He has the ability to stretch the field and he will make whatever QB under center better.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
What better way to try to solidify a horrible offensive line situation than adding a 6’5’’ 320 pound monster? The Falcons have to protect Matt Ryan if he’ll ever reach elite status. The line was so bad in 2013 that Atlanta has hired former Vikings head coach Mike Tice to be the new O-line coach.
7. TampaBay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
I have to agree with the majority of mock drafts out there. Great athlete and can help ramp up the run stopping and rushing the QB.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The Vikings have to address their QB situation again. They reached too far two years ago to draft Christian Ponder in the first round and this year taking this QB actually makes sense. Bortles isn’t well known but he has a strong arm, he’s big and he’s agile for his size. The Vikings can’t afford to pass on a 1st round QB and hope later round prospects Derek Carr, A.J. McCarron, Tahj Boyd or Aaron Murray will turn into stars.
9. Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
I know EJ Manuel will love this pick. Lewan will provide some much needed re-assurance for Manuel’s blind side.
10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Lions are in desperate need of help at corner and they address the gap here. Rather than take the corner with the most upside (Bradley Roby – OhioState) they take the more consistent performer. Detroit will be tempted to find a #2 wide receiver here, but the guy that compliments Megatron the best -Marquise Lee of USC- may be too big of a risk for them.
11. Tennessee Titans: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
This kid is ready to play. He may have limited upside, but he can go anywhere on the line and contribute. Tennessee needs help protecting the QB and he will add instant gratification.
12. New York Giants:Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Giants would be insane to pour a lot of money into bringing oft-injured WR Hakeem Nicks back. They'll need a new target for Eli Manning. Evans is the best player available. They'll choose the 6'5'' wideout over the top TE in the draft (Eric Ebron - UNC).
13. St. Louis Rams:Marquise Lee, WR, USC
Reliable hands and Explosive YAC make this pick an advantage for the limited options Bradford has.
14. Chicago Bears:Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
The Bears' secondary is in shambles and Clinton-Dix could be the building block for the next defensive dynasty in the Windy City. Clinton-Dix is good in coverage and can come up to stuff the run. He's been compared to Troy Polamalu.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers:Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
The Steelers D is aging and they are in need of some help up front to pressure the QB. Nix is that rare talent of huge and athletic. He could anchor the 3-4 defense for years.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The Ravens need help at the tackle position. Both Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe are free agents. The team will probably shell out a decent contract for Monroe but Oher was too inconsistent. Cyrus K is a top talent that needs refining, but with the proper adjustments he’ll be a solid, steady force protecting Flacco.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA
Dallas had one of the worst pass rushes in the league last year. Barr will add much needed pressure on opposing QB’s. This pick is up in the air with JJ at the helm. No one can really predict what JJ will do on draft day.
18. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
The Jets have a lot of problems, but the receiving corps is horrid. One of the best things you can give a “diaper dandy” QB is a safety blanket at the tight end position. Ebron is big, strong and has great hands. He should be a star at the next level.
19. Miami Dolphins: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Team record (58) sacks allowed! That should be enough to justify reaching a little to grab Moses. He is a gifted athlete and the Fins need help on the O-Line.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
With all of the top offensive tackles off the board, the Cardinals miss out on filling a need there. However, one of their biggest needs is a QB of the future. Carson Palmer ain’t cutting it and they may get a steal with Carr here. Some are projecting Carr to go in the top 10.
21. Green Bay Packers: Lamarcus Joyner CB, Florida St.
The Packers have needs all over the defense and TE. Joyner has all-around talent and will help the D-line/LB’s get an extra half a second to get at the QB.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
The Eagles will more than likely spend their 1st rounder on a corner and they get a huge help from the Packers who opted for Joyner. Some experts consider Gilbert a top 15 prospect. He’s tall, physical, fast and with good hands. He’s also a very good return guy having taken six kickoffs to the house in his college career.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
The Chiefs are in need of some more playmakers. They surprised everyone last year with the steady game management of Alex Smith under the tutelage of Andy Reid. They won’t surprise anyone next year and Beckham Jr. can help on the offensive side of the ball.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The Bengals pride themselves on defense and they will lose production when Michael Johnson goes away in free agency. They just dumped money to Carlos Dunlap, so a big investment in Johnson is unlikely. Ealy is a pass rusher, quick off the ball and at 6'5'' will force QB's to change their throws.
25. San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby. CB, Ohio Puke
The Chargers are another team that needs defensive help. Roby has above average talent with a lot of upside. The one drawback is his off the field decisions.
26. Cleveland Browns: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
The Browns will use their two 1st rounders to bolster the offense. They give their new QB Teddy Bridgewater a 2nd receiver to go to. Benjamin and Josh Gordon could be a great tandem down the road.
27. New Orleans Saints: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Mosley is a playmaker, simple as that! The only reason he would fall this far is due to his medical history. That is why the Saints will snatch him up with the 27th overall pick. They will have time to get him in physical shape to avoid future injuries.
28. Carolina Panthers: Allen Robinson, WR, PennState
Carolina has to add another wide receiver to allow Cam Newton to be all that he can be in the passing game. Steve Smith is great, but aging and Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn aren’t solid #2 options. This guy could be. Robinson is tall and physical and should make for a great possession receiver in this league. He won’t stretch the field with blazing speed, but the Panthers have that ability now. They need a go to yardage-eater.
29. New England Patriots: Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU
Hugely disruptive player. Great value at the 29th pick. He should help the New England defense.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
It’s hard to imagine an even tougher 49ers defense, but they have the opportunity to add a shutdown corner here. Verrett was one of the best in college football last year with 1.5 passes defended per game (#2 in FBS). Verrett is also strong for his size and speed and can step up to defend the run as well.
31. Denver Broncos: Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville
Denver set records on offense last year. Champ Bailey is on his way out. Pryor will help in run support and shows range in coverage. This is a safe pick for the Super Bowl losers.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
The Super Bowl champs will need to make several moves in the offseason if they want to repeat. They have numerous free agents they should retain, but none on the interior of the offensive line. The guard play is lacking and the Seahawks have their pick of the top guards in the draft. They take Su’a-Filo over Stanford’s David Yankey. Both would be good choices, the UCLA guard is a little more powerful, Yankey is more speedy and more skilled at pulling.